USAID launches $40mln Community HIV Care, Treatment project in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, September 20, 2017 (FBC) - The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), yesterday announced the launch of the five-year, 40 million US dollars Community HIV Care and Treatment project.

Through the project, USAID aims to contribute to the 90-90-90 global goals, which are 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90 percent of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load by 2020 in Ethiopia.

The Community HIV Care and Treatment project is funded through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and aims to improve the lives of People Living with HIV/AIDS through its people-centered approach, increase health system efficiencies and create access to treatment for everyone irrespective of their social and economic status.

 This activity will provide targeted HIV testing services to priority populations (groups with a high risk of  acquiring HIV) in 200 woredas with integrated referral linkages, strengthen community-based HIV/AIDS case management with individualized action plans and establish a robust partnership and coordination mechanism among facility and community stakeholders.

In addition, the project will pilot innovative approaches to HIV service delivery, the US Embassy said in a statement it sent to FBC today.

Posted by Amare Asrat